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My approach to nutrition is realistic and balanced (hence the name).  I see my role as helping clients make better choices more and more often, always looking to a long term sustainable and enjoyable way of eating.  Eating should be a pleasurable experience and food should be tasty, satisfying and good for you. Whilst food is our fuel we are not machines!

I believe the choices we make in regards to what we eat every day have the capacity to ensure we are the best we can be in terms of health and happiness.

After many years, involving a lot of trial and error,  many visits to the doctor and many visits to other practitioners, I  realized that my ongoing health issues were very much influenced by what I was eating.

I decided to formally study nutrition and after three years I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist.   I chose Nutritional Therapy as it is an evidence based approach to improving health – meaning it is based on scientific research.  To this end I regularly attend seminars and lectures in Ireland, the UK and Australia to keep up to date with the latest research.

I am a member of the Nutritional Therapists Association of Ireland (NTOI), the professional association for qualified Nutritional Therapists in Ireland.  I am fully insured and fully compliant with the new GDRP requirements in terms of data protection.

I am also a wife and mother of three children, so I understand how busy our lives are and how time is the one thing we all wish we had more of.  

I recently graduated as a Yoga Teacher, teaching Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga.

I have been practicing yoga for many years and find it really helpful in keeping my body and mind healthy.  I have tried many types of Yoga and in my own practice I enjoy doing a variety of classes as each brings its own benefits.  I particularly like classes which are slow and focus on the breath being in harmony with the movement.  But then sometimes I really feel like a more energetic class.  That is the beauty of Yoga, there is something for everyone and for every mood.

I believe that incorporating Yoga into our lifestyle helps with both physical and mental health.  The breathing techniques of Yoga are a great stress buster and easy to do throughout the day.  Yoga gives us the opportunity to do something for ourselves which is enjoyable and good for us.  Yoga is not the super bendy bodies that you see on Instagram!!!!  Yoga poses can be done by everyone, regardless of  body shape and type, from very flexible to not flexible at all.

In my classes I focus on alignment and modifications to enable each client to be challenged but comfortable in their poses.  Sometimes I like to go back to basics in terms of the poses and breath work, as a reminder to our bodies of what we are trying to feel and achieve.  I also like to do some Vinyasa, as each pose flowing into another is very enjoyable.  Restorative Yoga is also an extremely calming experience and is great for reducing the “chatter” in your mind and bringing yourself back to the present moment and your body.

Me

Leanne Kennedy
BEd (Business), Dip NT, mNTOI

Qualified Yoga Teacher, member of Yoga Alliance Professionals

Leanne Kennedy - Balanced Nutrition

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole, looking for the source of the client’s health concern and does not just try to alleviate the symptoms.

Nutritional Therapy also looks at other factors in the client’s lifestyle  – sleep, stress, exercise, hydration – as these also play a role in how our body is able to effectively absorb the nutrients from our food and then allow our body to use them where they are needed.

Nutritional Therapy aims to maximize health through nutritional and lifestyle changes based on the client’s current health issues and future health goals.   

It primarily focuses on the benefits of unprocessed whole foods for optimal nutritional benefit (yes they are delicious).  It also looks at the therapeutic effects of particular foods, which can be incorporated into the diet, and sometimes supplementation is recommended if and where it is required.

I would never recommend Nutritional Therapy as a replacement to medical advice.  However for clients with ongoing medical issues, very good results can be achieved by working with a Nutritional Therapist in conjunction with your Doctor.

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